Agencies unite against poverty

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GOVERNMENT agencies have signed a pact to create programs that will combat involuntary hunger among Filipino children.

The agencies signed a memorandum of understanding for the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty program.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles said 9.5% or about 2.3 million families reported having experienced involuntary hunger in the first quarter.

“Children are especially vulnerable. It both saddens and angers us that this is happening, and we should do concrete steps to address this problem,” Mr. Nograles said.

The program will be implemented in 32 provinces identified as priority beneficiaries and will carry out “feeding programs, credit support and skills training for community-based organizations.”

It will also conduct nutrition education, build agriculture and technology infrastructure, food hubs and technical and research training, among other things. — Gillian M. Cortez